If you could recover from pain, inflammation, injuries, and disease using medicine/tissue from your own body, would you do it? If you answered yes, reach out to Riverview Surgical Center providers, located in South Sioux City, Nebraska, to learn about regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine uses tools from the human body, such as biologic injections like stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as well as amniotic fluid/tissue and autograft/allograft tissue to help treat acute and chronic conditions. To learn more, call Riverview Surgical Center today.
Regenerative medicine is a branch of medicine that focuses on using your own body’s tools to help it repair itself and to help with pain, swelling, and dysfunction. Donated allograft tissue is also used in some cases such as for bone graft during surgery. Autograft bone and tendon can also be taken from your body to help other areas heal and repair damaged tissue/bone.
Your Riverview Surgical Center providers can perform regenerative medicine procedures using all these modalities including stem cells, specialized fluids like PRP (platelet-rich plasma), amniotic fluid, and allograft/autograft.
PRP injections, short for platelet-rich plasma injections, are a concentrated form of your blood’s platelets. Platelets contain positive growth factors, which are proteins instrumental to bodily repair. When doctors inject PRP into your tissue, they can speed up the body’s healing process.
PRP injections have the potential to speed up healing and decrease pain in:
To create PRP, your Riverview Surgical Center team starts by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm. Next, they separate the platelets from other blood components, such as red and white blood cells, in a centrifuge. The centrifuge, which is a quickly spinning machine, also concentrates the platelets.
Finally, your team combines the newly concentrated platelets with the liquid portion of your blood, called plasma.
To treat you, your team injects the PRP directly into the injured or otherwise affected area. You might not notice a difference immediately, but you should notice over the next few weeks and months that your pain is subsiding and you’re healing more quickly than usual.
You may experience some discomfort during the process of biologic injections, primarily the regular pinching of a needle injection. The injection portion of the procedure, though, is very quick.
In some cases, your provider may inject this during surgery. You can usually resume your regular activities afterward but may need to be restricted for a time depending on your condition being treated and/or your procedure.
To learn more about regenerative medicine, call Riverview Surgical Center today.